West Nile virus found near Slickrock Campground in Grand County

Photo: CDC.gov/James Gathany

GRAND COUNTY, Utah, Sept. 8, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — West Nile virus has been found in a mosquito trap near Slickrock Campground, according to a statement issued Tuesday by the Southeast Utah Health Department.

Everyone is being asked to take extra precautions while outdoors by using mosquito repellent, wearing long sleeves and pants, and making sure to have good window screens or use a screened tent if sleeping outside, the statement says.

“If a person is infected by West Nile virus, the risk of serious disease is low. Most of those affected will have a mild to severe flu-like illness with muscle aches, fever, rash, and headache that usually lasts a few days but can last months. Less than one person in 100 will get meningitis or encephalitis,” the statement says.

“Those at risk of serious disease are those with weakened immune systems, diabetes, high blood pressure, or kidney disease. The elderly are at greatest risk for severe complications.”


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